Bemidji State Skates To 1-1 Tie With Minnesota Duluth, Beavers Score in 3-on-3 Exhibition
Junior goaltender Michael Bitzer makes 35 saves for Beavers

Junior goaltender Michael Bitzer made 35 saves for the Beavers
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 15:30  BMJ1-0 PP Phillip Marinaccio (7)Brendan Harms/9, Jay Dickman/6
3rd 6:23  MND1-1 EV GT Parker Mackay (4)Adam Johnson/7, Hunter Miska/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Bemidji State  10001
Minnesota Duluth  00101
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Bemidji State  884121
Minnesota Duluth  131110236
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bemidji State (13-5-3)  1/3 5/10 0
Minnesota Duluth (11-3-3)  0/5 3/6 0
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Michael Bitzer (T, 13-4-3)65:001 13119235
Minnesota Duluth Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Hunter Miska (T, 10-2-1)63:531 784120
Empty Net1:070      

DULUTH, Minn. (AMSOIL Arena) -- Michael Bitzer turned aside a season-high 35 shots and Phillip Marinaccio supplied the offense as the No. 15 Bemidji State University men's hockey team went on the road to earn a 1-1 tie at top-ranked University of Minnesota Duluth Friday. Freshman Zach Whitecloud scored in the first minute of 3-on-3 play to earn bragging rights heading into the non-conference series finale.

The Beavers went toe-to-toe with the No. 1 Bulldogs during the first period. Marinaccio put the Beavers on top at the 15:30 mark of the first period, netting his seventh goal of the season during BSU's third power play of the night. Brendan Harms and Jay Dickman were credited with assists on the play.

After a scoreless second period that saw the Beavers snuff out three UMD power-play opportunities, the Bulldogs would scratch their way back into the game at the 6:23 mark of the third. Parker Mackay was credited with the goal after it was deflected out of a scrum in front of the net and past Bitzer.

The Beavers' junior goaltender backstopped a BSU penalty-kill that held the top-ranked Bulldogs scoreless on five man advantage opportunities.

Tied at the end of regulation, the teams played a scoreless five-minute overtime period split the game, force a 3-on-3 exhibition and set up Whitecloud's heroics. In a NCHC or WCHA game an extra point in the standings would be up for grabs in the 3-on-3 play or ensuing shoot out, but in non-conference play the extra play stands as an exhibition.

Officially in the books as a tie, the Beavers are now unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Bulldogs (4-0-1) and move to 3-12-2 versus the nation's No. 1 team since making the jump to the NCAA Division I level for the 1999-2000 season.

The Beavers (13-5-3) and Bulldogs (11-3-3) will attempt to settle the series tomorrow when they travel to Bemidji, Minn. and Sanford Center for a 7:07 p.m. opening face off.